The Chargers performance was a tale of the good, the bad and the ugly:
The Chargers positives last night mainly revolved around the defense, however one injury prone running back also flashed some confidence.
- "The way Ryan Mathews ran the ball today was outstanding," said coach McCoy on the 4th year back. He looked healthy and poised running the ball, which the Chargers need out of him to take the pressure off Rivers.
- DJ Fluker showed resilience after bouncing back from some bad outings as chargers.com pointed out. He also made the blocks of the game when he stuffed Corvey Irvin and Jon Bostic in the same play to clear running room for Fozzy Whittaker and the Chargers first touchdown of the game.
- The defense also shined last night. Donald Butler picked off Cutler to rebound after a Rivers interception. Also Jarret Johnson and Corey Liuget tallied a sack each, as the defensive line stood out for the Chargers.
The offensive line looked as bad as ever as ESPN illustrates in its recap.
- Max Starks displayed just how putrid his skills at left tackle have become as he allowed sacks and hurries on his quarterback.
- Jeromey Clary looked overmatched and unsure of himself at right gaurd, allowing pressure on Rivers all night.
- D.J. Fluker—as seen in the recap—stuck with the unpolished dynamic
At times, the Chargers looked lackadaisical last night. They couldn't string together back to back good drives and displayed plenty of rust and inexperience.
Last nights game was a tale of many Chargers. If San Diego hopes to have any shot at the division or a wild card spot they need to clean up, trim the fat and become a more overall consistent team. If they can't manage to do that, then week 1 verses Houston might be the first of many ugly games for the Chargers in 2013.